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Welcome to United Nations University’s Water Learning Centre!

About WLC

History

In 2006, the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH), in partnership with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), developed an e-Learning program as a means of training and building knowledge and skills of professionals in developing countries, starting with a course on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). This training and capacity development programme is administered and executed via a regional network of training institutions and universities (i.e. Regional Centres), supported by a core website, which collectively represents the learning centre.

What we offer

The Water Learning Centre (WLC) promotes topics such as sustainable water management, water-health, mangrove ecosystems and climate change (latter three currently in development) through a core curriculum that is provided by international experts in the respective field, offering opportunities for continuing education and skills upgrading. For the IWRM course, for example, the curriculum consists of 10 courses of 25 teaching hours equivalent per course with tutorial and case study material as well as independent work assignments and examinations. For all courses, a UNU Diploma is granted after the completion of the full course.

Each curriculum offers broad-based coverage of the principles and practices of the respective subject, providing the students with core knowledge in the natural sciences, engineering, health, governance, public administration, social sciences, economics, resource conservation, strategic planning, as well as aspects of program and project management. Currently, the WLC offers a course in Integrated Water Resources Management with courses on Water-Health, mangroves ecosystems and Drylands management currently under development.

Our Goal

The long-term, overarching goal of the WLC is to enhance national capacities for the development and implementation of sustainable natural resource management strategies in developing countries, at local, regional and sub-regional levels. The program is directed to practicing professionals wishing to upgrade their knowledge of the various natural resource management concepts and practices.

Interested in applying?

First, determine which Regional Centre works best for you, and ensure you meet the basic requirements. If you meet the requirements, we encourage you to apply. Note that application deadlines and course start times vary across the Regional Centres. Should you have any questions, please contact the appropriate Regional Centre. For general inquiries, please contact us.

What is a Regional Centre?

The curriculum is disseminated through a global network of WLC Regional Centres (RCs) that act as “classrooms” for administering the courses in the respective regions. The RCs serve as teaching and resource centres for the program in addition to fulfilling the function as examination centres. Where possible, live course presentations are provided to the students, especially for the first (introductory) and final (laboratory-style, tutorial) courses.

The courses are administered and coordinated by local personnel at the RC, who have been previously trained in the course materials and are also serving as the main point of contact to students of that RC via email or online conferencing to address their questions or concerns.

What is a Regional Centre?

The curriculum is disseminated through a global network of WLC Regional Centres (RCs) that act as “classrooms” for administering the courses in the respective regions. The RCs serve as teaching and resource centres for the program in addition to fulfilling the function as examination centres. Where possible, live course presentations are provided to the students, especially for the first (introductory) and final (laboratory-style, tutorial) courses.

The courses are administered and coordinated by local personnel at the RC, who have been previously trained in the course materials and are also serving as the main point of contact to students of that RC via email or online conferencing to address their questions or concerns.

Where are the WLC Regional Centres?

Below are the Regional Centres that are part of the Water Learning Centre:

CATHALAC (Panama)

Established in 1992, the Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and The Caribbean (Centro del Agua del Trópico Húmedo para América Latina y El Caribe, CATHALAC) is an international organization at the service of the humid tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean. Its objective is to promote sustainable development through applied research and development, education and technology transfer on water resources and the environment, facilitating the means to improve the quality of life in countries of the humid tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean. CATHALAC is recognized for its scientific, technical and educational agenda which is comprised of four thematic areas of work:

  • A. Integrated Watershed Management
  • B. Climate Change
  • C. Environmental Assessment and Modeling
  • D. Risk Management

With staff from different nationalities, participation in CATHALAC’s projects, programs and activities is open to all countries of the humid tropics in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC); as well as all nations outside of the region, intergovernmental, non-governmental, private and philanthropic organizations, including individuals interested in supporting the scientific, technical and educational agenda or the programmatic activities of the Center. CATHALAC adaptively manages a number of regional projects, in service of the people of the LAC region.

Through participation in multiple regional activities, CATHALAC has built an extensive network of research institutes, universities, governmental authorities, and donors that form the basic prerequisite for regional cooperation and coordinated research. The Center promotes, participates, and coordinates the elaboration of proposals for extensive regional projects. For more information, please see the CATHALAC brochure [pdf]. CATHALAC also offers the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) course in Spanish as part of the WLC Programme. For more information on the IWRM course, click here.

Contact information for CATHALAC is provided below.

Regional Coordinator: Zvia Leibler Danon, Manager, Education Division, CATHALAC

Dean of College of Graduate Studies; Acting Director, Water Resources Management Program

Contact: zvia.danon@cathalac.int

Course Coordinator: Hugo Tello, Education Programs Officer, CATHALAC

Dean of College of Graduate Studies; Acting Director, Water Resources Management Program

Contact: hugo.tello@cathalac.int

Course Coordinator: Monica Lopez, Education Programs Officer, CATHALAC

Dean of College of Graduate Studies; Acting Director, Water Resources Management Program

Contact: monica.lopez@cathalac.int

Arabian Gulf University (Bahrain)

Located in Al-Manāmah, Bahrain, the Arabian Gulf University (AGU) focuses its efforts on fundamental regional issues of the Gulf Cooperation Council in health, human development, environment, science and technology and aims to contribute effectively to spreading the culture of knowledge and education in Arabian Gulf society (source).

As the Regional Centre serving the Gulf region, AGU delivers the WLC Programme in coordination with UNU-INWEH. If you reside in the Gulf region and are interested in applying to be part of the Water Learning Centre Programme or require more information, please contact the AGU regional coordinator.

Statistics

  • • 13 Gulf countries represented: Kuwait, Qatar, Egypt, Bahrain, UAE, Palestine, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon and Libya
  • • Acceptance rate of 77% for applicants

Latest News

UNU-INWEH ’s WLC for the Arab Region (regional unit) hosted by Bahrain, Arabian Gulf University (AGU) focuses its efforts on fundamental regional issues of the Gulf Cooperation Council in human development issues, including knowledge generation and education in the water sector. The seventh batch (2018/2019) of Integrated Water Resources Management Diploma programme is now ongoing with 13 participants from six countries (UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Egypt and, Sudan) and more than 50 percent women. The participants represent the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Works, Sanitary Engineering Affairs, Ministry of Works, Urban Planning and Municipalities Affairs, Irrigation Organization and officials of the UN agencies based in the region.

Regional Coordinator: Prof. Waleed K. Al-Zubari

Dean of College of Graduate Studies; Acting Director, Water Resources Management Program

Contact: waleed@agu.edu.bh

Dr. Al-Zubari has taught many courses in Hydrogeology and Water Resources Management and Planning in Arid Regions, and has published more than 90 research papers in peer-reviewed journals, conferences, and seminars. He also serves as a consultant for many international and regional organizations, including UNESCO, UNEP, UNDP, ESCWA, and FAO.